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  1. Using a highlighter. Usually yellow as they come in a large multi-pack for $2.99.
  2. After your regular clinical duties (except post-call usually). You make time. Usually you make the most time in the immediate pre-exam period.
  3. I think whats important to realize here, that not a lot of applicants truly understand when they start applying, is that it takes more than GPA, MCAT, and CASPER to make you a successful medical student and doctor. Just because those are the current entry requirements, they are far from perfect in selecting candidates who will be successful. Applicants need to also be ready from a maturity and personal experience perspective as well. Training for this profession is unlike any other in that it will test your mental, emotional and psychological strength. Unfortunately, I know many medical students who were not mature enough or truly ready for this when they started. You sabotaging your own applications and going through this relationship is an important life lesson that I would argue was more important prep for medical school than your grades. You know now how to process emotional connection and relationships in a healthy way and hopefully be more prepared when your next relationship comes at a time in your life when the stress is 100x what it was as a pre-med. Those years off were necessary for you to be ready for med school and will ultimately make you more successful. Looking back at my own experience. When i was rejected through my first two cycles, I was nowhere near ready to start this journey. I needed those extra few years to mature, learn how to process failure, and mature in a way that ultimately led me to be successful through med school, CaRMS, and now residency. I wish more people would fail along their journey, not because I don't want them to succeed, but because a lot of successful candidates need to mature and learn a bit about life, struggles, and be less naive before entering medical school as a young 2nd/3rd year undergrad. Don't stress your path. It will make you a better person and doctor in the long run.
  4. Oops. Just realized it's the same person who posted in another thread that I annoyingly answered already. I'm done here.
  5. I understand gunning for 1 super competitive specialty, but why 3? You won't physically have enough time to make yourself competitive enough to succeed in any including your back-up. That just seems like a bad idea and I don't think it would matter if you back-up or not.
  6. You need to chill. This is how you get people in medical school (including other students and residents/staff) to not like you. It is important to have some sense of direction, but trying to plan 1 specialty, let alone 3 before even starting medical school is futile. Most students who enter med school thinking they know what they want to do end up switching (myself included). Based on the 3 (4) specialties you have listed, I gather you have absolutely no experience or idea what they actually involve on a day-to-day basis. To answer your original question, it is possible to "gun" for those 3 specialities, but your likelihood of success and happiness in each will not be high. As others have suggested, take the first year or 2 to get acclimated and explore ALL specialties. You never know what you will like until you get experience doing the bread and butter (read: clerkship) for weeks at a time. The fact you haven't even entered medical school yet makes me wonder why I'm even spending my time answering this post... Breathe or its gonna be a shitty 4 years for you..
  7. You can check out some of my past posts for my strong positive opinions on MAM. I obviously can't comment on other schools.
  8. It can change year to year so usually it is not available until the year you have to pay it. All 4 years are similar in terms of cost (within 1-2K of each other).
  9. Just try to enjoy your summer and relax. Don't think about school. Don't think about medicine. At some point you will have to think about the above as noted, and complete the registration requirements they send you (usually includes police check, vaccination records, etc.), but otherwise just stay safe and be happy.
  10. There is minimal biochemistry and molecular level learning in medical school. Depending on the medical school and the individual curriculum, there will likely be some mixed in, but certainly its not the focus of medical education. Even then, the majority of exposure to this type of knowledge will be early in your training with the main focus being later being clinical. I would say more than biochemical, is pathophysiology of disease. It is a different kind of detail, but doesn't necessarily focus so much on structure and function. If there was an expectation to learn the biochemical level of detail for all systems and processes in the body, medical school would be 800 years long. It just simply isn't feasible. There is such an insanely large amount of content to cover in medical school, that unless you simply hate it, there is no time to be bored.
  11. If you can go, then it is definitely worth it. Though it is not formally a part of the evaluation process, and certainly you won't be faulted for not attending, it is an excellent opportunity to meet more important people and make yourself known. There will likely be the PD, APD, and staff who at the end of the day will be sitting around a table and ranking candidates. It is not going to make or break your application, but it doesn't hurt to have a bit more face time and maybe a nice chat. Even if it bumps you up one spot on the list its worth. That few minutes may be enough to move you a bit if the person below you didn't attend and never met those important folks. Edit: plus it can give you a good idea of the program culture (how many residents show up, how happy they are, how friendly they are with each other and candidates)
  12. No. It won't. Just focus on what you learned including hard (but mostly soft) skills on your application and not on the actual research. Nobody expects you to know everything about research and unless you have a future in research planned, switching labs will be of little value IMO.
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